While William Schneider, managing director of DiMeo Schneider & Associates LLC, Chicago, likes to see the big picture, he also likes to paint it.
A consultant by trade and an artist at heart, Mr. Schneider said his "right brain" activity helps him in his work.
A couple days a week, he works on portraits of family members -- or whatever else he sees.
Mr. Schneider now has his oil paintings on exhibit at Dunton Gallery in Arlington Heights, Ill. and The Witt Gallery in Pawlet, Vt.
Mr. Schneider has been concentrating on his painting for a few years, although he actually started when he was 10.
He forsook visual art in the late 1960s and early '70s, when his love of rock and roll caused him to miss his morning art classes at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
And then, three majors later, he found himself studying business.
Mr. Schneider, who isn't ready to quit his day job, usually sells 15 to 20 paintings a year.
He enjoys painting with a group of local artists and taking Saturday classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, but for now, these are just recreational activities.
"It keeps you from burning out," he said.
"Working 60 to 70 hours a week, you need something to counterbalance."